Local History

17 December 2015

This Christmas, Alan will be remembering the plight of his ancestors, who were imprisoned in Nazi-occupied Warsaw in December 1944

10 December 2015

On Sunday, water flowed from the rocks of Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales – a natural phenomenon last witnessed by our ancestors more than 200 years ago, says Alan Crosby

03 December 2015

Census returns and certificates will always remain, but the precious records inside our heads will be lost unless we act now, says Alan Crosby

26 November 2015

Columnist Alan Crosby recently discovered a rather unusual term in a property inventory while researching his Oxfordshire kin. Can you help?

19 November 2015

Residents of Alan's beloved home city recently marked the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Preston – the last major conflict to be fought on English soil

12 November 2015

Alan Crosby stumbled across a rather unusual set of Victorian birth announcements when rifling through some old newspapers earlier this month

05 November 2015

During some recent research, Alan Crosby discovered an interesting account of how Bonfire Night was celebrated in 19th-century Lancashire

02 November 2015

Although some family historians have questioned the price for access to the 1939 Register, Sarah Williams suspects it's inevitable for vast digitisation projects

02 November 2015

It's the biggest online data release for English and Welsh genealogy since the 1911 census. Find out more about today's release of the 1939 Register and how it could help your research.

29 October 2015

The work of local archivists in the wake of the Shoreham Airshow tragedy reminds us how vital it is that we preserve the present, says Alan Crosby

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